Young drivers and riders (17-24 years old) over the legal alcohol limit killed or seriously injured in reported accidents (Department for Transport, GB, 2001-2012)
During the 12 years during which these statistics were collated by the Department for Transport, the trend has been a decreasing number of young drink drivers and riders over the legal alcohol limit who were killed or seriously injured in reported accidents.
For example, the number of young drivers/riders who were killed or seriously injured fell from 390 in 2001 to 200 in 2012.
The number of casualties who were passengers of young drivers over the limit also dropped – from 410 in 2001 to 130 in 2012.
For other casualties, there were 190 in 2001, a number which fell to 60 in 2012.
Although not all figures for each category dropped consistently over the 12 year period, this did happen for the number of other casualties, which reduced year on year.
The number of casualties who were passengers of young drivers over the limit initially rose over two years, from 410 in 2001 to 460 in 2003, then reduced in a fairly consistent way until 2012, when the figure was 60 – the lowest figure of all those presented in this table.
That the figures for all casualty types has decreased significantly over the 12 year period is very good news. For two out of three of the categories (casualties who were passengers and other casualties), this decrease is just over 68%.
So, although we may see the road as an increasingly dangerous place for young drivers and riders (and their passengers), these particular statistics would suggest that in fact the reverse is true – it is actually becoming safer and safer as time goes by.
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